In your first year, you will begin building your professional writing and editing skills.
Through writing fiction and non-fiction you will explore story and structure, research and readership, and learn how to build a strong narrative. You will develop a solid grounding in the use of language, grammar and punctuation, which will assist your writing and inform your studies in copyediting and proofreading.
In applying these skills, you will develop concepts for a range of projects and study the principles and practice of writing for different audiences. You will learn to use industry-standard software to manipulate text and images, and through your electives you will explore specialist writing areas.
In your second year, you will be offered a wide choice of writing and editing electives and the opportunity to further develop your writing projects, learning how to polish and pitch them for publication. You will also have the option of working with others in editing and publishing roles.
You will explore ways of creating content for digital media and can choose to complete an industry placement. By organising and attending industry forums and investigating a self-directed research topic, you will increase your broader professional knowledge, skills and networks.
Learning activities include lectures, seminars, demonstrations, presentations, guest speakers, group project work, practical exercises and field trips.
Content is delivered in a variety of forms including weekly face-to-face classes, seminars, full-day and weekend workshops, laboratory sessions and online. Many classes are held in the evening for those with daytime commitments.
Assessment is ongoing and includes:
- publishable writing forms - novels, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, picture books, feature articles, personal essays, opinion pieces, reviews
- professional writing forms - media releases, reports, proposals, copywriting, social media writing, career profiles
- presentations and speeches
- practical projects - designed publications, websites, blogs
- group project work - producing online magazines, anthologies and books; creating communications strategies
- self-assessment and reflection
You will benefit from ongoing teacher feedback, class workshopping, class and group discussion and peer review.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Blended learning options
Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.
Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.